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ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, issued the following statement today on the systemic failure to protect children and communities in the Taos compound case:

"The judicial system has failed our state again – this time through the incomprehensible neglect of the Taos District Attorney to meet a simple hearing deadline. New Mexico's prosecutors must do their job to protect our children and communities from dangerous criminals. As Governor, I will demand our officers of the court act when children and communities are at risk. The case in Taos is unacceptable at all levels. The state and the nation are outraged by this incompetence."

ALBUQUERQUE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver's attempt to revive the likely illegal practice of straight-ticket voting is now being slammed by Republicans, Libertarians, and Democrats alike. Shortly after the Secretary of State's announcement, Sen. Jacob Candelaria, an Albuquerque Democrat, called the maneuver out for what it is: a blatantly partisan attempt to tip the scales in favor of one party.

"Straight ticket voting is such obvious attempt to rig elections in favor of Democrats that even Democrats are calling it an act of 'vicious partisanship,'" said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "Our democracy is built on the principle of free and fair elections, not partisan maneuvering that leads to one-party control. Candidates from all parties should continue to denounce the Secretary of State's likely illegal attempt to manipulate our elections in order to consolidate power for one party.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM- Dr. Gavin Clarkson, Republican nominee for Secretary of State, released the following statement after Maggie Toulouse Oliver's announcement today that she will unilaterally reinstate straight-party voting for this November's general election ballot:

"Maggie Toulouse Oliver's unilateral and likely illegal straight-party ballot decree is an attack on our democracy and the rule of law. Sadly this act of voter suppression is just another cynical example of the abuse of power in the service of extreme partisanship. That's why I'm running to restore impartiality and integrity to our state's ethics and elections.

"Straight-party voting was repealed in 2001 by a Democratic legislature and a Republican governor, Gary Johnson. Specifically, House Bill 931 repealed Section 1-9-4 of the Election Code, which permitted each voter "to vote a straight party ticket in one operation." That was the only law authorizing straight party voting in New Mexico, and it has been gone for nearly two decades.

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, issued the following statement today following reports that New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver intends a last minute switch to straight party voting for this November's election.

"Today, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver attacked democracy with a partisan move to rig elections and disenfranchise voters. I call on my opponent, Michelle Lujan Grisham, to stand up for fair elections and join with me in denouncing this corrupt, anti-democratic act. The voters of New Mexico deserve free and fair elections not blatantly partisan and corrupt public officials. Maggie Toulouse Oliver's actions are creating a grave crisis in democracy of our state."

ALBUQUERQUE—Democratic Mayor of Grants Martin Hicks today endorsed Steve Pearce for Governor. Mayor Hicks joins a growing list of prominent Democrats to endorse Pearce including former Democratic Governor Jerry Apodaca and Dorothy Runnels, a lifelong Democrat and widow of former Congressman Harold Runnels.

"As a lifelong Democrat and current Mayor of Grants, my top priority is creating good paying jobs for the citizens I serve. That's why I'm endorsing Steve Pearce for Governor: he will be a jobs governor for all New Mexicans. Steve Pearce is the only candidate in this race with the business experience needed to bring good paying jobs and sustainable economic growth to all of New Mexico, including rural parts of our state like Cibola County. He is a dedicated public servant, serving not only as a combat pilot in Vietnam but also in the New Mexico legislature and now the United States Congress. His broad experience is what we need in a Governor.

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced today his plans to bring auto manufacturing and assembly jobs to New Mexico. Following the announcement of the new U.S.-Mexico trade deal, which increases requirements for North American made car content, Pearce, a former businessman and job creator, announced that as Governor he will bring together all resources of state government, the business community, and local leaders to create high-paying auto manufacturing and assembly jobs in New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE – Just weeks after finding tens of thousands of dollars in inappropriate spending by Democratic House Candidate Andrea Romero, a new report shows that State Auditor Wayne Johnson has uncovered more abuse of taxpayer dollars at a state-funded agency that is supposed to help feed senior citizens. KRQE reports that Johnson's audit found $118,000 in taxpayer funds used for parties, alcohol, dinners, hotels, a staff retreat, and even laser tag.
"New Mexico taxpayers should be confident that government agencies are spending their money responsibly, but unfortunately that is not always the case," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "As State Auditor, Wayne Johnson has rooted out corruption and inappropriate spending, ensuring that New Mexico tax dollars are going toward essential services rather than parties and fancy dinners. Auditor Johnson has proven that he will be relentless in protecting taxpayer money and has earned the trust of voters for a full term on the job."

ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, today called for systematic reforms to protect children throughout New Mexico. In front of the Children, Youth and Family Department (CYFD) offices in Albuquerque, Pearce stood with an array of advocates for child well being and laid out his plan to address the state's problems. 

"We are here today because all of us are disgusted with the failure of our state to protect our children from abuse, neglect, and even death at the hand of child predators. The horrific stories are too many to list. It is now time to act. This must end. The future of our state depends on how we manage this crisis. A society that does not protect its children has no future. I am committing today that under my Administration, New Mexico will no longer be known as the place where our kids suffer at the hands of despicable predators.

"The fixes are not easy. It will require focus, management, collaboration, and a commitment to systemic change," said Pearce. "No more excuses. Together, as New Mexicans, we can change the culture of indifference in our state and make it a place where our kids grow up safely."

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